Big shout out to Katherine @ Fabled Haven for awarding me this! She has such a great blog. Her content is constant and her thoughts are very interesting to read about. It was pretty lucky of me to stumble on to her blog. If you got a second, check some of her content out. She awarded me this almost a month ago, took a while for me to finally do it, but it’s here now! Thanks again!
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two advice to new bloggers
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
History of Inky Awkto
I’ve been a blogger since July 2012, but I was a co-author of a blog called Dorkiverse with a friend. Eventually that broke down and it felt weird for me to continue a blog that was originally worked on as a team. I didn’t feel like it was truly mine. Therefore, I went off to create The Inky Awkto. The Inky Awkto serves as a portal for my personal thoughts and diverse hobbies. I started off focusing mostly on books because I love to read and having a blog created an opportunity for me to share my thoughts on novels and to discuss with other readers out there. I didn’t have many friends that talked about books with me nor did they share the same reading interests if they did. I figured having a blog would help alleviate some of the desire to find others to discuss novels with me. It later became more apparent to me that my friends also don’t play the same games as me, so Inky Awkto helped me have a place to discuss my gaming habits as well.
It’s been a great start with The Inky Awkto and I met so many great book bloggers because of it. I don’t plan on giving up blogging just yet. Fun fact, Awkto comes from the words Awkward Octopus which is a stuffed animal from Wong Fu.
Advice to New Bloggers
Like Katherine, I also believe that there’s merit into having an active blog. This advice doesn’t cater to just having an active blog, you also need to be active in the community as well. Find some other book bloggers that interest you. Be friend them. Talk to them and get to know who they are. It serves as a good marketing technique because it gets your name and blog out there in the community without being so intrusive about it.
Have Your Own Voice
This one is a bit tricky to figure out, but in the end you’ll want to make sure you can clearly communicate your thoughts and personality out in your blog posts. You wouldn’t want to read a story where all the characters have the same opinions, viewpoints, and voice would you? That would be pretty boring. It’s the same for blogging as well. I’m not saying force yourself to be unique, no, I’m saying be yourself and make sure you can articulate your personality well. That’s all. :D You are you and no one else can be you, so why not show us who that person is? Cheesy I know. I’m not good with words. Blah.
Now I don’t have a full list of 15 bloggers to award this too. I do have some people I do like to read about and interact with them. Check them out if you’re interested. They’re pretty awesome.